|Last 5 Games||1-4||-6||0-5||3-2||104.2||54.2||43.6%||49.0||109.6||51.4||51.3%||49.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||105.9||53.0||40-85||47.5%||6-19||34.1%||19-26||70.3%||54||13||24||21||9||15||6|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.4||49.5||37-82||45.2%||7-20||35.7%||17-22||75.4%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||103.5||52.1||40-85||46.7%||6-19||32.2%||18-26||70.0%||54||14||23||21||9||15||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||101.5||50.9||38-85||44.7%||8-23||36.6%||17-23||73.4%||51||12||24||22||8||15||7|
|vs opponents averaging||98.4||49.5||37-82||45.3%||7-20||36.1%||17-22||75.9%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||104.5||53.0||39-86||44.9%||9-24||38.4%||18-24||75.7%||52||13||24||21||9||15||6|
|Last 5 Games||1-4||-2||4-1||4-1||105.0||49.6||45.1%||50.6||111.0||55.6||50.5%||51.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||100.2||49.3||38-84||44.7%||7-21||36.3%||18-23||76.9%||49||12||21||21||8||14||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.1||49.3||37-82||45.2%||7-20||35.9%||17-22||75.2%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||104.6||52.1||39-83||46.5%||8-21||37.5%||19-25||78.1%||50||11||21||21||8||14||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||105.1||52.5||39-83||47.2%||8-21||35.5%||19-24||78.3%||52||12||25||20||8||14||6|
|vs opponents averaging||98.4||49.5||37-82||45.4%||7-20||35.7%||17-22||75.2%||51||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||104.9||51.0||39-83||46.6%||8-22||35.4%||20-25||79.7%||49||11||25||21||7||14||6|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DENVER 95.3, SACRAMENTO 96.1|
|10/30/2013||@ SACRAMENTO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/1/2013||PORTLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/5/2013||SAN ANTONIO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/7/2013||ATLANTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/8/2013||@ PHOENIX|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/11/2013||@ UTAH|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/13/2013||LA LAKERS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/15/2013||MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/30/2013||DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/1/2013||LA CLIPPERS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/2/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/5/2013||ATLANTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/8/2013||@ PORTLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/9/2013||PORTLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/13/2013||BROOKLYN|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/15/2013||DETROIT|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|DENVER: GUARDS: TY LAWSON is turning into something of a one-man army as the roster around him crumbles. As good as he is as a quick playmaker who can knock down an open three, his supporting cast is lacking . . . EVAN FOURNIER is better than RANDY FOYE now, and he's certainly a bigger part of Denver's future. Fournier proved surprisingly ready for the NBA last season. While Foye brings more scoring power to a team that suddenly lacks offense, he's both inefficient and one-dimensional . . . NATE ROBINSON will provide instant offense and lead the second unit . . . ANDRE MILLER will lose a few minutes this year, but the 37-year-old still has good basketball left. FORWARDS: Coming off a late-season ACL tear, DANILO GALLINARI will be lucky to make it back by December . . . KENNETH FARIED will likely never develop into anything more than an energy guy and high-volume rebounder, but he's good at what he does . . . WILSON CHANDLER can shoot and defend multiple positions. With Gallinari a question mark, he could be in for a much bigger role this year . . . DARRELL ARTHUR is an interesting second-unit player. He's an athlete who was starting to show some skill in Memphis before getting hurt . . . Gunning wingman JORDAN HAMILTON may get a longer look in the second half of the season . . . QUINCY MILLER is likely ticketed for more D-League action . . . ANTHONY RANDOLPH is a lost cause. CENTERS: The time has arrived for JAVALE MCGEE. The front office wants him on the floor full-time. For all the knucklehead plays, he's still an incredible athlete in a massive 7-foot frame . . . Talk of J.J. HICKSON potentially starting is absurd. A brutal defender unable to play within the flow of an offense, he's a second-unit talent . . . TIMOFEY MOZGOV is Plan B behind McGee. The 7-footer can defend and set screens.|
|SACRAMENTO: GUARDS: GREIVIS VASQUEZ seems to have the edge in the point guard battle. He's a pass-first floor general who fits better in a lineup full of chuckers . . . ISAIAH THOMAS will have a major role whether he starts or not. He can score, and while his lack of size is a defensive liability, he makes up for it with harassing on-ball pressure . . . MARCUS THORNTON will eventually be relegated to a smaller role, but the gunning combo guard will get his minutes until Ben McLemore is ready . . . BEN MCLEMORE takes a lot of heat for his lack of assertiveness, but he can knock down corner threes and is an outstanding athlete, which is enough to make him a fine role player . . . JIMMER FREDETTE is kicking around as trade bait . . . Second-rounder RAY MCCALLUM should earn a bench role.FORWARDS: With his potential to be a solid defender, JASON THOMPSON is likely to retain his starting job. He's an afterthought on offense, though . . . LUC RICHARD MBAH A MOUTE seems like a natural to slide into the starting lineup. He can defend multiple spots and doesn't need touches on a team of players who do . . . CARL LANDRY could unseat Thompson. We see him in the same kind of bench role he had in Golden State. He's very good offensively and a relentless rebounder, but will struggle defensively against top-line forwards . . . JOHN SALMONS avoided the amnesty axe, though his role will likely be reduced again . . . Stretch four PATRICK PATTERSON is on the fringe of this rotation . . . Streaky shooting should have TRAVIS OUTLAW in and out of the rotation. CENTERS: The new regime of head coach Michael Malone will try again with DEMARCUS COUSINS, who continues to show flashes of dominance but too often plays and acts like a head case. He's playing for a contract, which would presumably have him on his best behavior . . . CHUCK HAYES will continue to be a second-unit glue guy at the four and five.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (DENVER-SACRAMENTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nuggets-Kings Preview* =======================
Denver (0-0) at Sacramento (0-0), 10:00 p.m. EDT
The Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings underwent eventful offseasons, with personnel changes that included new coaches for both teams.
While the Nuggets hope their shakeup can help them remain a Western Conference contender, it seems the Kings could continue to struggle.
Denver hits the road Wednesday night for its first game under Brian Shaw and seeks its 10th consecutive win over the Kings, led by Mike Malone.
Shaw was hired to replace George Karl, who was fired after nine seasons, eight of which ended in first-round playoff exits. The first-time head coach is doing away with Karl's up-tempo style in favor of a more methodical approach.
By the time January rolls around - maybe the All-Star break, at the latest - Shaw envisions his team fully embracing his system, one that hinges on half-court sets, a powerful presence in the paint and smothering defense.
Until that time, Shaw's willing to overlook some of the growing pains that go along with the transition as he steps in after Karl led Denver to a franchise-best 57 wins.
"We know that they're going to fall back into the ways that they know," said Shaw, a longtime assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers and Indiana Pacers before joining Denver. "So I guess it comes down to this: If it works, it's OK. If it doesn't, try it the way we're trying to get you to do it. For the most part, it's a process that's going to take time. But they're getting it."
This carries a lot of clout, too: Shaw has five NBA championship rings - two as an assistant coach and three as a player. His players are soaking up his brand of basketball because it's "championship-caliber basketball," Randy Foye said.
"You look at those teams that always get up and down, and do a lot of great things in the regular season, in the playoffs that ain't happening," added Foye, who was acquired in a sign-and-trade deal that sent swingman Andre Iguodala to Golden State. "The playoffs are grind-it-out basketball: Who can score after a timeout and then who can get a stop after a timeout. That's something he's trying to teach us."
Denver will try to weather the loss of Iguodala, part of a three-team trade that saw the Nuggets receive Darrell Arthur from Memphis. Also gone are starter Kosta Koufos and key reserve Corey Brewer.
They'll try to find a scoring punch elsewhere with Danilo Gallinari sidelined until December due to a torn ACL he suffered in April.
The Italian forward had a team-leading 135 3-pointers a year ago. "We will try to hold down the fort until he comes back," Shaw said.
The Kings are under new ownership after Vivek Ranadive's purchase from the Maloof family in May helped ensure they would remain in Sacramento.
"It's a new era," Ranadive has declared repeatedly.
The TIBCO software chairman has delivered on that promise so far. He hired a new coach (Malone), new general manager (Pete D'Alessandro) and a Hall of Fame consultant (Chris Mullin) along with bringing in a flashy new minority investor (Shaquille O'Neal) that will surely bring more attention to Sacramento.
On the court, the Kings are still a long way from being a winning organization.
The Kings (28-54) are coming off their seventh straight losing season and are just beginning a rebuilding project that's likely years away from completion. Ranadive is trying to lay a solid foundation first - right down to fixing all the potholes in the parking lot of Sacramento's suburban arena.
The new owner's first major move was making center DeMarcus Cousins the franchise player by signing him to a four-year, $62 million extension. The Kings are counting on Cousins, who has drawn multiple suspensions from the NBA and the team for his behavior, to keep his cool and show he can lead the franchise's new era.
"I've got big shoulders, so I can handle that," said Cousins, drafted fifth overall in 2010 after one season at Kentucky. "I consider myself a leader on this team, so I take all the responsibility that comes with it. I've had pressure from the beginning, so I don't have a problem with it. I was doing it in the beginning, so I definitely don't have a problem doing it now."
Nobody disputes Cousins' talent. He averaged 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game last season and, at times, looked dominant against the NBA's best big men. But he has struggled with defense and discipline, and he couldn't co-exist with coaches Keith Smart or Paul Westphal. If Cousins can control his emotions and channel his talent, he could be the key cog in Sacramento's resurrection.
The Kings are also hoping their latest lottery selection will provide an immediate spark. Seventh-overall pick Ben McLemore averaged 15.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and two assists as a freshman on a Kansas team that went 31-6 and won a share of its ninth straight Big 12 title last season. McLemore will get a chance to shine whether he starts at shooting guard or comes off the bench.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 11:13:05 AM EST|